Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Message from WIPO DG Gurry on International Women’s Day

March 6, 2020

"I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights"

In 2019, 18.7 percent of inventors named in international patent applications were women. The World Intellectual Property Organization is very focused on this question and wants to ensure that it really is "Generation Equality".

When we look at the field of innovation, I am not Generation Equality. In fact, the situation is quite shameful when we see the participation of women in the extremely important activity of innovation.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry